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Girl Scouting Through the Eyes of Marguerite


Marguerite Sunn Thoreson Browne became a Girl Scout in Long Beach, California four weeks after her 7th birthday in 1937. Little did Marguerite know, a long and exciting journey was about to begin. 

One of the highlights of Marguerite's early scouting days was being a part of her local Mariner troop. The troop took care of a beautiful sailboat when its owner left to fight in World War II. While keeping great care of the boat, they also learned a lot about sailing during weekly trips on the water.

After high school, Marguerite attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in social work. Missing the Girl Scout life, she began volunteering at the local council. Marguerite led troops, organized parent responsibilities, recruited new leaders and participated in the training processes. Through recognition of her talent and work ethic, she was later offered a job as a staff member of Girl Scouts of Northern California council.

During the mid 1950's, Marguerite and her family moved to New Orleans, where her husband had been stationed in the Coast Guard. Marguerite was soon introduced to a different way of life that included segregation. Segregation was the law of the land and it greatly affected how Girl Scouting was done. Marguerite was put in charge of training a group of ladies for leading summer day camps and thought nothing of it when she arranged for the participants to meet at a local park. The training was going great until two police cars pulled into the parking lot and took Marguerite, in handcuffs, to the station. The local Girl Scout council ended up paying for the fines and the charges were dropped. The following trainings took place on the Coast Guard base, where segregation did not take place.

Marguerite and her growing family returned to California after four years of living in New Orleans, where she worked for Girl Scouts of Del Rio council as the Executive Director and for Girl Scouts of Spanish Trails council as the Director of Field Services. In the early 1990's Marguerite moved to Moscow, Idaho. It did not take her long to find the local Girl Scout council and begin volunteering. She followed her usual patterns of starting up, leading, and training troops. 

Several years later, Marguerite became a member of the Friends of the Cabana, which opened the door to meeting Girl Scouts all over the world at a yearly meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Marguerite feels blessed and is proud to have lived a wonderful live revolved around one of her greatest passions - Girl Scouts.

Click here to view pictures from Marguerite's Award Night where Girl Scouts from Service Unit 423 celebrated Marguerite's 79 years as a Girl Scout.